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Wilcox Cemetery is located on Old Rt. 36, just south of Illiopolis. Old Rt. 36 was created from Old Old Rt. 36, which ran through the town of Illiopolis (Matilda Street). Interstate 72 (constructed in 1972) is now considered Rt. 36, also. Old Old Rt. 36 was by-passed around Illiopolis, reportedly in the 1940's, most probably because of the Federal War (Ammunitions) Plant that was located West of Illiopolis during World War II. As a result part of the cemetery was taken for the roadway. It was reported, years ago, by citizens that some graves were moved to a Springfield Cemetery.
In past years, Wilcox was neglected, overgrown with brush, bramble, etc. When the tornado of June 1993 went through, more damage was done to the cemetery. Interested people came to the rescue and it has been taken care of since that time, although many stones are broken and probably many missing. Thanks to a descendant of the Murphy family monies have been donated for the mowing of the cemetery with the American Legion as overseer.
Burials were primarily from 1856 through 1871 with the last known burial in 1895.